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OK it's Friday. Are you feeling down? Put a smile on your face before the weekend. These two could give Justin Bieber a run for his money in 10 years.
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scared to see what odie might look like
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some good quotes in there
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Best Steve quotes...
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The kids of today (and I'm talking 5-12) are so computer savvy. I've received some private messages from kids showing me their websites and asking for advice. They're too young to be on G+ so I'm not going to out them, but their websites show an amazing range of technical talent. Check out this nine year old blogger (she's not on G+ -- I found her through her mom, who helps her with her blog/website): http://tinytechie.com/ I started coding when I was 12. Kids today are starting even younger. I think what they learn as children will stick with them for a lifetime. I know my computer use did.
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Your friend is sharing the 'Microsoft reveals Droid-themed Xbox 360 bundle for Star Wars Kinect' article with you.
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Unless you are really interested in what Tom has to say about social networking, just ignore the lengthy post and watch the clip below it.
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Sometimes when you follow a trend, you fall flat on your face. (See attempted planking .GIF) Recently +Robert Scoble said he was "bored" with Twitter and offered some suggestions for revamps--most of them came from Google+ features. +MG Siegler responded that Twitter should maintain simplicity. Two smart guys, two wildly different opinions. What's @JACK to do?

Facebook is actually instructive on this front. One of the things that Zuckerberg & crew have done exceptionally well is to know what and what not to incorporate from competitors. They've changed their vision, but instead of jumping on every trend, they've found ways to expand by incorporating thebest innovations of their competitors into a holistic vision that's kept Facebook growing.

When Facebook was at 12 million uniques with nearly every college user in America and MySpace had 80 million uniques (what seemed like "everyone else" at the time), it was a bold move to open up FB to the outside world. In hindsight it may have seemed risk-free, but it could have killed the entire feel of FB. Facebook moved slowly, adding companies, high school students and eventually went fully public. It wasn't a given that this wouldn't destroy the closed, private and wonderful service Zuckerberg had created for college students.

When Twitter became a signifcant force, Facebook tried to acquire the youngish company. A deal was never reached and Facebook ended up up incorporating the status update into the newsfeed--which really made the news feed more interesting than it ever would have been otherwise. Again, great move that fit in with the evolving vision of Facebook as a "sharing platform" (before that Zuckerberg used to talk more about "efficient communication").

But it's also instructive to look at the things Mark & Facebook did not do. To compete with MySpace, lots of people thought Facebook should offer some level of profile customization (definitely controversial) but even more thought they should launch a music service. FB toyed with the idea by briefly allowing users to put some apps on their FB profile pages, and they gave priority status to iLike, a music service that let you create playlists. I'd heard rumors at the time that Facebook had actually built a full customisation platform for profiles that they never launched. Just yesterday Facebook decided to allow users to put images and videos into comments (something that probably would have been too Myspace-y back in the day.) Facebook knew when to add feature at the right time. And that music service? Well, it may still be coming.

So what does this teach us? It's difficult to extract a lesson or set of rules from these examples. It's hard to know how to evolve your service, and it's hard to say what Twitter should do to continue its growth trajectory. I think the answer lies in trying to step back and understand what's the real value you provide to your users. How can your service evolve to realize that mission without following every trend that rules the day?

In Twitter's case, is the 140 character constraint really a benefit, or is it a leftover relic of the text message infrastructure that smart phones have replaced? As pundits and users, we can all make our demands about what we want from Twitter. But that probably only tells us about our own personal biases. Twitter will undoubtedly do better to analyze its own data to understand its own user behavior.

Then they can look at those numbers in the context of competitors numbers that are public. Who's driving more engagement, where, and how?

You might say you & me don't know jack about Twitter. Only @JACK knows jack about Twitter.

Depending on what Jack learns, he'll make the tough decision of what to change and what to keep the same.

Maybe he'll test, iterate, analyze and revise. He's already decided he needs a new product staff (http://tcrn.ch/nIJshC), so change seems to be coming.

No answers here, but hopefully they're the right questions.
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http://youtu.be/vhH9Y6q3Hhk

I guess this is a Beastie Boys music video directed by Spike Jonze, but if you ask me it looks like a Spike Jonze short film starring and scored by the Beastie Boys.
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